Former Hamburg Detective Sentenced to Four Months in Jail for Providing Police Information to Members of the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 24, 2009|
BUFFALO, NY—United States Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter announced that earlier today United States Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy sentenced former Hamburg Police Detective Laurie Staley-Stone to four months in Prison based on her August 26, 2009 plea of guilty to exceeding her authorized access as a police officer to information contained in the National Crime Information Center (“NCIC”) Computer.
In imposing the four-month sentence on Staley-Stone, Judge McCarthy told her that he thoroughly reviewed the sentencing memorandum submitted on her behalf as well as numerous letters of support that friends, relatives, and former colleagues had submitted and told the defendant in sentencing her that he had to consider the seriousness of the offense, respect for the law, and a just punishment and further commented that by providing information about members of the Kingsmen Motorcyle Club to a member of the rival Chosen Few Motorcycle Club of Depew, she had put individuals in harm’s way, which he termed serious. Judge McCarthy further commented that the fact that no one was harmed as a result of her actions was not the result of anything that she had done.
The investigation that lead to Staley-Stone’s August 26 guilty plea and today’s sentencing was a spin off of the investigation conducted of the activities of the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James H. Robertson and the Bureau of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms under the direction of Acting Resident Agent in Charge Francis J. Christiano and officers of the New York State Police under the direction of Superintendent Harry J. Corbitt.
The case against Ms. Staley-Stone was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony M. Bruce, who, with Assistant United States Attorney John E. Rogowski is handling the indictment pending against 19 present and past members of the Chosen Few.